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Things that should be banned in acute care.

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november17 has 9 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Ortho, Case Management, blabla.

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1) Caffeinated beverages (for the patients and visitors, of course). I'm so tired of people drinking a liter of Dr. Pepper and then complaining that they can't sleep. Conversely, the people that request a sleeping pill and then an hour later request a coke or cup of coffee.

2) Cable television. Instead, I think there should be a health care version of pay per view that forces people to watch documentaries about their respective primary issues and comorbidities.

Any other ideas?

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HeartsOpenWide is a RN and specializes in Ante-Intra-Postpartum, Post Gyne.

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Umm, no bans. I would never go to a place that banned silly stuff like soda and T.V., if I wanted restrictions I would go back to being 12 and living with my parents.

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feisty_lpn is a LPN and specializes in HH, Psych, MR/DD, geriatric, agency.

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I really hope you've just had a bad night on the floor and needed to vent some pet peeves. If you're serious, wow.

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Hard to tell whether you are venting or not. If you aren't I completely disagree. Patients are ill or injured and need care which is sad enough. No need to compound that by punishing them with taking caffeine and tv away from them unless no caffeine is medically indicated in their situation.

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Forever Sunshine has 7 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC.

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I don't agree with any of that.

I do think that dietary should think twice about serving hot dogs. Heartburn up the gazoo.

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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Agree with other posters. Some patients (like me) actually need caffeine- if I don't get a consistent amount each day (usually one can) I get some really nasty migraines. And taking away the distraction of TV? For some it can distract from pain, others just like to keep up with what's going on in the world, and if it keeps them happy it probably means they're not on the call bell as much.

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november17 has 9 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Ortho, Case Management, blabla.

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I remember when the people on this website used to have a sense of humor :yeah:

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felineRN has 2 years experience and specializes in Emergency Nursing.

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I think the intention of the OP is a bit of sarcasm...

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diane227 has 32 years experience as a LPN, RN and specializes in Management, Emergency, Psych, Med Surg.

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When I worked psychiatry we had a no caffeine rule. No sodas with caffeine and decaf coffee. And it really made a difference.

I myself have experienced this. I LOVE coffee but recently I have stopped and I have gotten rid of my almost constant gastric distress pulse this sense of anxiety. I still drink coffee occasionally but not like I used to.

As for TV, THANK GOD for TV. I only wish hospitals could make sure that each person has their own TV and they don't have to share. We had this little homeless guy in the hospital about a year ago and the doctor was afraid this guy was going to get too comfortable there so he wrote an order for "NO TV". The guy was on the call light non stop telling me that he was dying. I finally went in to explain to him that he was not dying and why. He then started calling to tell me that he was not dying. I finally went in there, plugged that TV back in and turned it on. I never got another call from this guy. I told the doctor not to ever write another order like that again or I was going to beat him within an inch of his life.

TV---- the great baby sitter.

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CNM 26.2 has 12 years experience and specializes in L&D/Postpartum/Newborn, Home Health.

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Diane~

I hope you got written up for not following doctors orders.

PS, I'm just kidding!!!!!

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Tait has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Acute Care Cardiac, Education, Pain and Spine.

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I got the humor, and appreciated it :)

Working nights I can totally understand where you are coming from :)

I think we should ban patient family members from eating a McChicken and fries in front of their NPO spouse. Heartless, truly heartless!

Tait

Oh and the hotdog thing too lol.

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I think we should ban patient family members from eating a McChicken and fries in front of their NPO spouse. Heartless, truly heartless!

Could be worse, I've seen parents eat in front of their NPO kids. :uhoh3:

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